I am new to the world of Adsense and affilliate schemes. My travel related site has experimented with adsense and affiliates.
Currently I am very pleased at the growth in revenue from adsense. Most of this is from the index page, i have chanelled the ads so I know this, ads are placed on about 15 pages out of 1200 in the site. And out of season i expect there to be peaks and troughs in trade.
My affiliate links are on only two pages including the index, but the returns on these are abysmal. 4 adds are rtext links like the the adsense links are and one is a small gif.
How can improve my affiliate income without resorting to large banner style adverts? The ads I have placed are relevant to the searcher.
I have three questions in several parts:
a) I want to increase my revenue to about $30 per day if possible but I am actually pleased to be making anything! Currently my advertising is sypathetic with the site without large banner ads etc. And I want to keep it that way. Can i do it only with adsense or should i work harder with affiliates?
b) I want to add content to my site that is not only relevant to my visitors but relevant to potential advertisers.eg I would like to be able to sell finance stock n shares as it seems they pay well :-) but this isn't relevant to my site! However people do go on holiday and buy homes, therefore I could add a section on property, buying selling a home and perhaps advertise mortgages property companies etc?.
Some topics I were thinking of adding were, how to book a holiday, weddings, working abroad.. Can anyone with experience in travel sites and this sort of area give any advice on profitable areas to pursue? I am also building a free expats area with a view to creating a community, forum and there is a newsletter; all of which could take some advertising.
c)looking at unique visitor stats for the clicked affiliate links it shows that out of 5 clicks 2 are unique, is it unique from my site or unique to the affiliate. Eg. If they had visited one of my affiliates when on a previous site, would they then not be a unique visitor? and then not go on to generate revenue if they purchased.?
[edited by: eljefe3 at 2:24 am (utc) on Aug. 21, 2004]